Even during our 4th visit to the city in early January, my partner and I were still struggling to fit in everything we wanted to see. Because every time we get to NYC there are new things to do, old things to revisit and favourite places we just need to cram in.
When the Huffington Post asked me, a 37-year-old married father of two, if I wanted to enter a cooking competition to win a trip to Hong Kong with a 25-year-old girl I'd never met, it was a real no-brainer. I'm confident that in no way would my wife go ballistic if I jogged off to the other side of the world leaving her with two pre-school kids to look after, so I signed up on the spot.
By re-jigging your spending habits, you can spend the same amount of money (or less) and get so much more for it. Essentially having a luxury holiday for less cash. This is how I've been travelling for years - knowing exactly where I want to spend money, and exactly where we can opt for cheap (without it effecting too much).
With a big white front to the building surrounded by trees and opposite the picturesque promenade, the hotel is in an ideal spot for exploring pretty Cheltenham. You can access the boutique shops and local wine bars in about five minutes and the town centre is about a 10 minute walk away.
Apart from the high-tech ski clothing draped over the backs of the wooden chairs, it's a timeless scene. There is no traffic noise and not a modern building in sight, only the schuss of passing skiers, twitching their noses at the glorious smells wafting out from the kitchen.
Sure, we didn't do the average 'Times Sq and Ball Drop' shenanigans - but we lived it up in the city all the same and it was incredible. But before going to NYC I felt like the only option for celebrating 'NYC-Style' was to cram into Times Sq. But I didn't really feel like doing that.
The capital of Malaysia is a colourful city - the central emblem of the country's diversity and juxtapositions. It's impossible to get bored in Kuala Lumpur with its gargantuan range of things to do, but if it's your first time, start off by visiting the Petronas Towers
You're locked in a forever war the moment you first witness it, the moment you pull the trigger, hear the sounds, and witness the chaos. You're forever in conflict, the saddest part is the enemy is the only enemy you can't defeat - yourself.
Europe offers some fantastic opportunities for walking and not just in the countryside and wilderness, but also in its cities rich with culture and history. Not only will you explore new places, but walking is also a fun recreational activity suitable for all ages. Here are my picks for the 9 spectacular walks in Europe.
Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday this year, and what better way to spend it than on a weekend in the most romantic city of them all, Paris? We've listed six of the best ways to make the most of your trip below.
Often innocently visited by tourists because they love animals, few know the often real brutality that can goes on breaking in and managing elephants (meant for the tourist industry) so that they can be ridden or handled, a concerning issue documented in other S-E Asian countries.
In Rio de Janeiro, a city of beautiful beaches, one of the main characteristics of Carnival is the involvement of inhabitants from the poorest communities, who make this festival one of the main events of the year.
I honestly don't know what I was more petrified by - the chance of diving into the inky-blue sea and never resurfacing, of being left behind after some administrative failure whereby the buddy system fails a la Open Water, or having to spend a week entertaining myself.
Every couple have their own reasons to leave the normal life behind. It doesn't matter why, how, where and when they travel. The important lesson to learn is that you can have a happy marriage without: a standard job, a mortgage, kids and the pressure that society puts on you.
By the time I flew home, I was in talks with a newspaper editor in Nairobi and had six weeks to plan my move: five months, one week and one day after R and I had first met. The nearness of my impending departure, this time with a veiled sense of permanence hanging over it, hit my mum a little more.
The wildlife of the African savannah is what comes most readily to mind for most people thinking of Africa. Heading off on safari to spot lions, elephants, zebras, antelope and other plains game is an exhilarating experience.